Category: News Updates
October 10, 2018
YMCA members will receive discounted admission at the University of Evansville Men’s soccer match vs. Drake this Saturday (10/13/18) at 5PM. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for youth (17 & under) and seniors (65 & over). Simply show your YMCA member card to receive discount.
October 2, 2018
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
– Psalm 46:10
September 13, 2018
Play SilverSneakers Activity BINGO » September 17 – October 14
It’s free and easy to play. Visit the front desk for your BINGO card, and complete your activities anytime Sept 17 – Oct 14. The front desk will keep track of your BINGO card. Each activity completed between Sept 17 – Oct 14 receives a star. Limit one star awarded per day per person. All squares must be complete to have BINGO.
Activities to get BINGO include:
- Have a cup of coffee in the lobby
- Take a group exercise class
- Make a new friend at the Y
- Visit our Wellness area
- Recite the Scripture of the Month
- Try a new activity at the Y
- Swim in the pool
- Visit BOTH of our locations
Players that have BINGO are entered to win:
- Golf Gift Bag (includes a foursome to Cambridge, 2x golf umbrellas, 2x golf towels, 2x sleeves of golf balls, and 2x Tervis tumblers)
- $25 Starbucks gift card
- $50 Cracker Barrel gift card
SilverSneakers Activity BINGO concludes with a special Brunch & BINGO celebration event on OCTOBER 17th!
Visit either the Downtown or Dunigan YMCA on October 17th from 10AM – 12PM for a day of food, fun, and fellowship. Enjoy good food, great friends and play some traditional (but free!) BINGO for even more prizes like YMCA swag, gift cards to Subway or Walmart, and much more.
September 2, 2018
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
August 29, 2018
The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana and St. Vincent announced a new level to their ongoing partnership today. St. Vincent will lease approximately 10,000 square feet of the new Downtown YMCA building, which is set for completion in August 2019.
The two organizations have previously partnered on multiple programs focused on chronic disease management and overall well-being such as the LiveSTRONG at the YMCA program. The LiveSTRONG program addresses the health and well-being for cancer survivors by providing support and guidance to help rebuild and gain strength. The program has helped nearly 60 people in the community since it began in 2016.
This partnership will give the growing downtown Evansville market more convenient access to St. Vincent primary care and outpatient physical therapy services and complement St. Vincent’s community-wide network of locations.
“St. Vincent is proud to partner with such a strong and important community organization as the YMCA,” said Dan Parod, President, St. Vincent Southwest Indiana. “We believe having a health care and wellness facility under one roof will provide access to programs and services designed to help improve the overall health of our patients, YMCA members and the entire community.”
This new space that will be occupied by St. Vincent will be in addition to previously released plans for the building. The YMCA will maintain all of the wellness amenities previously reported including a pool, multiple gyms, wellness area, multiple group exercise rooms, STEM Lab, Teaching Kitchen, expanded Child Watch and Youth Activity areas, and a dedicated Enrichment Center.
“Both the YMCA and St. Vincent have a long history of supporting people from all walks of life to live better and lift up one another for a healthier community. This is a wonderful example of two strong faith-based organizations coming together to better the community through wellness,” said Jim Sandgren, Current St. Vincent Evansville Board Chair and Past YMCA Board President.
Funding for the building project has multiple sources including a grant from the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative, new market tax credits, and a multi-million-dollar capital campaign. In addition to the leased space, St. Vincent has made the lead gift to the YMCA’s capital campaign. In recognition of this gift, the new building will be named the St. Vincent Evansville YMCA.
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana CEO, Derrick Stewart states, “We are grateful that St. Vincent understands the impact of the YMCA and is willing to make a significant investment in achieving our vision for a new facility and we are honored to name the branch in recognition of their support.”
August 8, 2018
The Westfield Insurance Foundation has donated $9,000 to the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana’s Annual Campaign, which helps fund Outreach Programs for at-risk youth in the community.
The money will help fund the YMCA’s College and Career Readiness Program, which serves 250 students each school year. The program is currently offered at six local schools including Caze, Fairlawn, McGary, Delaware, Evans, and North Junior High School. The program allows students to research careers, visit college campuses, and tour local businesses to learn about jobs they might have some day in our community. The curriculum provides hands-on opportunities for students to learn about jobs they will then see first-hand on a weekly field trip.
Each year, Westfield Trilogy and Horizon independent agents are invited to nominate a local nonprofit for the Legacy of Caring program through the Westfield Insurance Foundation. The program invests in communities and helps impact disaster recovery, family stability or safety, and programs that invest in attracting and developing talent to insurance as a career. Local partners Heston Insurance Company, ONI Risk Partners, and Shepherd Insurance nominated the YMCA for the program.
Dave Abbott, owner of Heston Insurance states, “As an agency partner, we’re in this together. This program is an extension of the role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities, and we believe that our local YMCA’s mission aligns with that vision given its impact on youth, families, and our community.”
This year, the Westfield Insurance Foundation donated more than $500,000 to neighborhoods across the country. Agents from 88 agencies in 17 states donated to 95 nonprofits.
August 6, 2018
We’re celebrating our Y family on Saturday, August 25th as the Evansville Otters take on the River City Rascals. FREE tickets are available to all YMCA members, staff, and volunteers at the front desk at either the Downtown or Dunigan YMCAs.
August 5, 2018
We had so many people support us by running/walking in the 5K/10K on Saturday, August 4th. Thank you to everyone that participated and to all the volunteers that helped make it happen. Check out the race results »
July 31, 2018
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14
July 31, 2018
Summer draws to a close and school is right around the corner for many children and parents. In one sense, it’s a relief.
But we all know it’s not that easy. With the school year comes the added stress of homework, extracurricular activities, waking up early, and carpooling. I’m cringing as I type.
As a mom, it’s hard enough to keep up with exercise without all the added stress thrown in. Here are eight ways to maintain your fitness and your sanity throughout the craziness of back-to-school season.
1. Manage Your Stress
Doing an activity every day, just for the sake of enjoyment, is one of the best ways to minimize stress. Before the school year starts, sit down and make a list of ten activities you enjoy. Don’t put too much thought into it; just let the thoughts come. Here’s an example list:
- Reading a novel
- Working in the garden
- Doing yoga
- Writing poetry
- Playing piano
- Taking a hot bath with essential oils and magnesium salts
Every day, do at least one of these things for a minimum of thirty minutes. If you find yourself thinking, “I don’t have time for that,” take a step back and think about what this means. If you don’t have thirty minutes a day to do something you enjoy, you need to re-think your life.
2. Eat Food You Like
A healthy diet won’t be sustainable if you don’t enjoy the food you eat. During this busy time of year, it can become even easier to slip into bad eating patterns. If your healthy food is also food you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to eat it.There are plenty of delicious and nutritious foods out there, so don’t settle for bland and boring just because it’s good for you.
3. Play With Your Kids
It shouldn’t be hard to play with your kids, but sometimes it can be difficult to go from get-things-done mode to play mode. Challenge yourself to make that transition once a day. Losing yourself in play and forgetting about all the things that need to be done will go a long way in easing anxieties and worries you might have.
Physical play presents some opportunities to get in a few exercises with your kids as well. For example, create obstacle courses that involve movements like crawling, carrying, balancing, and hanging. When your kids get home from school, run the course with them a few times to get in play time and a short workout as a bonus.
4. Move Some Weight
Resistance training is your friend so get lifting. That can mean anything – bodyweight exercise, kettlebells, or Olympic lifts. Not only is moving weight around regularly good for your health – bone and joint health in particular – but it also relieves stress. It doesn’t have to be complicated and require a lot of equipment, either. Bodyweight exercises like pull ups, muscle ups, dips, and pistols are challenging and fun to progress as well.
5. Walk Every Day
Walking is an easy activity to do every day. Walking helps balance the pelvis and relieve stress. It’s also something you can do anywhere, with or without your children. Aim to walk briskly for at least thirty minutes every day.
6. Sleep Whenever Possible
If you’re a parent, particularly one with young children at home, sleep needs to be a priority. If possible, take naps during the day with your younger children. Go to bed at least eight hours before you need to wake up. That way, even if your kids keep you up for two hours at night, you’ll still get in a minimum of six hours of sleep.
7. Set Goals and Reward Yourself
During hectic times, having small-scale goals that fit into a big-picture scheme is a helpful way to make sure you accomplish the things that are most important to you. This applies to all aspects of life.
And don’t forget to reward yourself when you achieve your goals. When your children work hard to make progress, you reward them, right? The same should apply to you.
Remember, don’t let Facebook status updates and viral photos of perfect bodies fool you. Taking care of kids and keeping up with exercise is not always easy or glamorous. There will be days when the last thing you want to do is pick up something heavy because you’ve been dragging around kids all day.
The key is to remember fitness isn’t just about fitness. There are other aspects at play that are just as important – if not more important – than grinding it out in the gym. So when the going gets tough and you find yourself grimacing at the thought of exercise, think outside the box and evaluate other lifestyle factors first.
Source: Nicole Crawford, breakingmuscle.com